For the latest information, please check the SoMAS graduate student handbook.

Our graduate program allows students to develop skills in analytical, numerical, and laboratory techniques by conducting independent research on important topics such as extreme weather, air quality, ocean-atmosphere interactions, climate change, and forecasting.  Visit our atmospheric science pages to learn about potential research areas.

The M.S. program provides a rigorous training in atmospheric dynamics, physics (thermodynamics, radiative transfer, microphysics) and chemistry, as well as their application in one of the areas of weather forecasting, remote sensing (satellite and radar), numerical modeling, air quality, cloud formation, and climate change. The program prepares students to gain strong communicative, analytical and computer skills for positions in research, education, management, and environmental protection.

We also have a 5-year B.S.-M.S. program that allows students to complete some graduate courses and a thesis during the 4th and 5th year. For more information on this program please click here (SoMAS site).

The Ph.D. program provides the same foundation as the M.S. program, while providing an interdisciplinary approach to prepare students to become effective and independent problem solvers towards cutting edge atmospheric science problems. Students will be free to emphasize their own interests in atmospheric science but are expected to acquire a broad base of interdisciplinary knowledge preparing them for future complex scientific and societal challenges. Our graduates are prepared for postdoctoral appointments and faculty appointments as well as positions directing research at government or industrial laboratories, and managerial positions at not-for-profit and government agencies.

Core Curriculum

Visit the Atmospheric Sciences Track on the SoMAS website for complete information.


SoMAS graduate students complete a thesis working closely with one or more of SoMAS’s excellent faculty. By the end of their second semester of study, all students must choose an advisor who will guide their research, approve course selections, and oversee their efforts toward degree completion.


Prospective Students

Prospective students: To find a SoMAS faculty member whose research interests match yours, visit our faculty and research pages on the SoMAS website.